Saturday, March 26, 2011

Herreshoff Mast Completed

Shaping wooden box section mastWe loaded Pat Fincham's 46 foot mast this morning. Deep Water Transport picked it up at the shop. It is headed to Virginia where it will be finished and rigged for Pat's Herreshoff Nereira ketch. This was one of our fastest spar jobs to date. It is amazing when everything goes according to plan. Doug Ingram and Brian Porter did a superb job over a three week period,part of that time taken up by the Maine Boat Builders Show so I like to think it took less than three weeks. Pat gave us the right information so that I was able to draw good plans that Doug and Brian were then able to follow, without stopping to recalculate! We are continuing to fine tune our leaner, meaner machine that is Pleasant Bay Boat and Spar Company.

Roun bird's mouth mast
Last Monday, Doug and Brian started cutting the staves for a 35 foot flagpole for the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. By Friday, Seth and Brian had glued it up. Our efficiency has improved and is howing in the time and craftsmanship.

Hull finishIn the meantime, Seth is finishing up Tony Roth's Baybird and Brian is trying to finish up the Classic Cat hull. Both boats look fabulous. You can see more pictures on our Facebook Page.
Soon we'll start a third boat: the 18 foot Hurricane. I'll post pictures on Facebook as that project develops.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spars and flagpoles

Mast glue upBox section mast glued upThe week is nearly over and Brian and Doug have done a phenomenal job getting Pat Fincham's 46 foot mast finished. They also started on Bedford Golf and Tennis Club's 35 foot flagpole. It'll be glued up tomorrow.
It's been an interesting couple of weeks. We have been in the process of re-evaluating how we work, including the layout of the shops. Working with Bob Elliot of GBMP, the crew has made many smart changes that have increased productivity and general work flow. Every corner of each of the shops has been tackled. In fact, when I returned from the Maine Boat Builders Show on Monday, I found a huge pile left for me to dig through and hopefully throw out...which I did. Some stuff I'd been carrying around for years. If that isn't a metaphor! But it is worth it. The shops are open and refreshing. When I walk through them I can see the organization and flow. The crew seem happy, so we will continue to clear out and reorganize.
I never realized how chaos could affect production. Now I see it first hand.We would have never built a forty six foot mast so efficiently as this last one. I can't wait to see how fast we can build a boat!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Maine Boat Builders Show 2011

March always seems to sneak up on me. All winter the shop has been busy building boats and spars, snug in our warm(ish) cocoon out of the weather and to a small degree off everyones' radar. Our customers have been staying warm in their own way. But March is here. The days are suddenly longer and slightly warmer. Going out to the wood shed is no longer torture. The door has been left open and let air (!) in. Folks are stopping by more often and emailing about launch dates.
Now in mid month, we find ourselves in Portland for the Maine Boat Builders Show.
Not only does it showcase wonderful superbly built boats, but it also marks the beginning of the annual spring commissioning season. The days will fly by from this pint forward, so Portland has come to mean something more than just a boat show. It has become a reprieve of sorts, a celebration or culmination
It is also the chance we all have to gam with eachother, talk about boats and business, and generally share, which is one of the wonderful attributes of boat builders. As much as I dread the madness we are about to experience (spring commissioning), I really do look forward to the show, to the commaradery and hustle/bustle this show brings.
Soon we'll be sailing through another season on the water.
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